" Debarking " an Autistic Boy

Title" Debarking " an Autistic Boy
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsBabbitt, S
Corporate AuthorsLoyola University Chicago,
Date Published04/2014
PublisherLoyola University Chicago
KeywordsBIOETHICS , HUMAN rights , MEDICINE , Social Work
AbstractThe Hanegraafs were struggling to treat their autistic son's vocal tics when they finally found a doctor who could help them. Kade was fourteen years olde at the time and his tics were severe. He screamed upwards of 2,000 times a day at a volume of 9 dB, which made social interactions nearly impossible and greatly affected his family. The doctor and the boy's parents decided that Kade would undergo thyroplasty, a surgical operation that would soften the boy's voice. The procedure has been likened the the devocalization of pets, especially dogs, sometimes called, "debarking."
NotesCase from the National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference Bioethics Bowl. April 5, 2014. Loyola University, Chicago. http://nubc2014.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/bb-case-packet-20141.pdf
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